Hyogo, Japan, Earth
|Service/branch||United Nations Cosmo Navy|
|Rank||Captain (by 2199)|
|Portrayed by||Masashi Ebara|
- This article describes Osamu Yamanami from Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and its sequels. For his counterpart in Be Forever Yamato, see Osamu Yamanami (OS).
Captain Osamu Yamanami is an officer serving in the United Nations Cosmo Navy. Late in the Garmillas-Earth War, he commanded the space battleship Kirishima, and more than three years later, he became the captain of the experimental warship Andromeda.
Yamanami captains Kirishima as the flagship of Admiral Juzo Okita during Operation M. Near the end of the battle, Yamanami solemnly carries out the admiral's order for the flagship to maintain course and speed away from the enemy Garmillas fleet as the destroyer Yukikaze is sacrificed to cover Kirishima's retreat ("Messenger of Iscandar").A little more than three weeks later, Yamanami stands on the Kirishima bridge alongside Admiral Ryu Hijikata and the ship's bridge crew to salute the new space battleship Yamato and Admiral Okita as they depart Earth orbit on their mission to save Earth ("Escape the Jupiter Zone"). Immediately afterward, he takes the ship to the Moon to rescue a stranded contingent of United Nations Cosmo Marines. When the ranking Marine survivor, Sergeant Hajime Saito, barges onto the bridge and loudly demands to speak with the captain, Yamanami informs Saito with a smile that he is the captain and that Saito has mistakenly been yelling at the top UNCN commander, Admiral Hijikata. As Saito's rant continues, Yamanami subtly warns him to restrain himself (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark).
2202 EditYamanami is given command of Andromeda, the first in a more advanced class of warships. At the Battle of the Eighth Floating Continent, he carries out orders from UNCF central command to fire Andromeda's wave motion guns and obliterates nearly the entire Gatlantis fleet, saving beleaguered Earth and Garmillas forces. He instructs the survivors to hold position while Andromeda moves to finish off the remaining hostiles. One damaged Gatlantean ship suddenly reactivates and races away from the site of battle, and although Yamanami responds immediately and attempts to intercept, it is able to warp away ("The Year is 2202--Raise the Space Battleship Yamato").
The captain is leading Andromeda, four other ships of its class, more than a dozen Dreadnought-class battleships, and fighter craft in a fleet fire exercise in the vicinity of Jupiter when he receives word that Yamato has been stolen by members of its former crew. After a number of fighter pilots abruptly break away to join them, Yamanami has the remaining pilots who had served aboard Yamato detained and orders other fighters to pursue the defectors. He takes Andromeda away from Jupiter to confront Yamato directly. He attempts to persuade the acting captain, Susumu Kodai, to stand down, and when Kodai refuses, he opens fire. Yamato is able to successfully defend itself, and as it escapes, Yamanami's anger with Kodai turns into grudging admiration, and he chooses not to follow. The director of the UNCF soon contacts Yamanami and Kodai with news that the Earth Federation president has authorized Yamato's mission. In response, Yamanami allows the detained pilots to leave, and sends a high relief sculpture of Admiral Okita hanging over his desk to Yamato as a gift ("Clash! Yamato Versus Andromeda").